Parent Talk: Game Party Champions features eight arcade/carnival mini-games with no offensive material.
Plays Like: A less thought-out Wii Sports. The compilation includes air hockey, skee ball, table tennis, carnival basketball and football, miniature golf, a baseball pitcher, and a water gun game.
Review Basis: Tried out all the different mini-games.
Game Party Champions is actually the fifth title in the franchise, and one of the most lackluster games of the Wii U’s entire launch library. Shoddy AI, a low budget, and a super quick development cycle make this a poor Wii Sports clone.
+/- It’s nice to see a story mode in a sports compilation like this, but the story itself makes little to no sense. How does taking part in an arcade-style sporting tournament possibly make your friend feel better for losing their father…some five years ago?
– Four of the mini-games are locked until you defeat five opponents in each of the other four games. Unlocking the new games should feel like a reward, not a chore.
– While the box says this game supports more than one player, the truth is multiplayer is a single-person affair. At no point can more than one player actually play the mini-games together. It’s simply a high-point chaser.
– Extremely poor use of the Game Pad. Almost all the games make exclusive use of swipe gestures with the stylus on the Game Pad. The Wiimote sections are nothing more than waggle-fests.
– Poor A.I. provides absolutely no challenge whatsoever. Young kids will breeze through CPU-challengers as easy as scratching their head.
– Technical hiccups aplenty. Frame rate drops for virtually no reason, and other issues keep this game from doing anything with the Wii U hardware.
– Ridiculously long load times. Every time you switch gameplay modes, load a new round, etc. you can be prepared to wait for a very long time.
Coming in at only ten dollars less than all other Wii U launch titles, Game Party Champions is the perfect example of a cash in. The idea here was to make this game appear like a bargain so parents would simply snatch it up. You’ve been warned, don’t make that mistake.
Let’s get this out of the way, Game Party Champions is a very bad game. The production values are exceptionally low (only a logo on the Game Pad…really?), there are technical issues all over the place, and the mini-games aren’t fun to play. Couple all of that together with the lack of multiplayer and you have yourself the quintessential cash in. Consumers beware.
Final Score: 2/10